PMFRS to be launched in Peshawar today


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme (PMFRS) for the students of less developed areas will be officially launched under the aegis of the Prime Minister Youth Programme (PMYP) today (Monday) in Peshawar.
The PMFRS has already been launched in Balochistan by Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar on May 21. 
This was decided in a high-level review meeting chaired by the PMYP Chairperson Maryam Nawaz Sharif, on Sunday. 
The meeting decided that the chairperson of the PMYP will handover 100% fee reimbursement cheques on Monday in Peshawar to the students hailing from the less developed areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA undertaking MA, MSc, MS, MPhil or PhD courses from the HEC-recognised public sector universities.
The meeting was informed that out of the total 30,000 post-graduate students hailing from less developed areas of the country, more than 6,000 are from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA and will benefit from the Rs 1.2 billion scheme launched by the present democratic government to encourage the pursuit of higher education for the students facing financial constraints. 
The scheme will sponsor 100% educational expenses of the post-graduate students of less developed areas of the country, including FATA, AJK and GB in the FY 2013-14, the meeting was informed.
The PMYP chairperson told the participants of the meeting that the present democratic dispensation had turned economic challenges into opportunities and promises into reality by launching an economically viable. 
Maryam Nawaz said that the students of Balochistan were the first to benefit from the PM’s 100% fee reimbursements scheme which testifies the intention of the present democratic government to provide equal opportunities to the students of less developed area of the country, and added that now the non-availability of finances would no more be a hurdle in higher education.
Under the scheme, students domiciled in interior Sindh, southern Punjab, Balochistan, less developed areas of KP, FATA, AJK and GB will be reimbursed 100% educational expenses to encourage them to attain higher education. 
The meeting also approved the schedule for reimbursement of 100% educational expenses to the students hailing from southern Punjab, Interior Sindh, AJK and GB before the end of June 2014. The meeting was attended by senior officials of the PMYP and Higher Education Commission.

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